Adrian Wyllie, who currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, announced on Friday morning that he will consider seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination to be the next Governor of Florida in 2014. Wyllie, who lives and works in Pinellas County, has served as the chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party since April 2011.
How Wyllie will prepare for his potential campaign
The first step Wyllie is taking to prepare for his potential campaign for Governor of Florida is forming an exploratory committee. This committee will be created in the next few months to explore feasibility of Wyllie’s run for the governorship in 2014. Wyllie is encouraging other Libertarians to also consider running for the office, as he believes “nothing would be better for the cause of liberty than to have a statewide Libertarian primary election.”
Wyllie has previously received positive publicity from media outlets around Tampa Bay for his opposition to the Real ID Act that requires Florida drivers to divulge personally intrusive information to obtain or renew their license. The Libertarian Party of Florida considers this process to be an unconstitutional and unnecessary invasion of privacy.
Ways a Libertarian primary would benefit both the party and the state
Alex Snitker discussed four ways a Libertarian primary race in August would help to build the party and the liberty movement around Tampa Bay and all across Florida:
Libertarians will be able to go to the polls statewide in August and select a candidate. It keeps people in the party instead of switching over to vote in one of the other primaries. We will have Libertarian debates across Florida before August. With the announcement early it will encourage others (Libertarians) to run for positions in the state house and state senate. It will also give us the time to get the structure in place to support a statewide campaign and give people a reason to do it.
Others disagree with the push for a Libertarian primary
However, not everyone in the Libertarian Party of Florida is convinced the primary would be beneficial to the party. Some state party officials point to rules regarding the taxpayer expenditures necessary to fund such a primary, and would prefer the nominating process take place in a privately funded Libertarian Party Convention.
Other Florida Libertarians fear that donations needed to fund the general election in November would be wasted in the primary process, and the party would be unable to replenish the money needed to be competitive in the race for governor on Election Day.
What election laws require in the State of Florida
Since election laws drafted by the Democratic and Republicans seemingly require the Libertarian Party to participate in the primary process, Jared Grifoni, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Collier County has suggested “we petition the state for our share [of funds used in the Libertarian primary] and refund it to the taxpayers.”
This “rebate” proposal would undoubtedly be unpopular with the Democrats and Republicans across the state. However, the idea could work to increase awareness of the limited-government ideology professed and practiced by both the Libertarian Party of Florida and the national Libertarian Party.
Stay informed for upcoming details and developments
For up to date information on the latest details and developments on Adrian Wyllie’s potential campaign for Governor of the State of Florida, please visit the Libertarian Party of Florida’s website. More information about this breaking news story can also be found at the Libertarian Party of Hillsborough County Facebook page, the Libertarian Party of Florida Facebook page, and the newly created Wyllie for Governor Facebook page.